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German Bomber Recovered From the English Channel

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

(German Federal Archives)COSFORD, ENGLAND—The only known surviving example of a German Dornier Do 17 bomber has been recovered from the English Channel and transported to the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford for conservation. The World War II-era plane was lifted from the sea floor, its wings were removed, and it was covered in citric-acid based gels to protect it from the air during its journey to the museum. “Parts of both of the engines fell off and a part of one of the wings. Divers had to go down afterwards and recover these,” added John Harper of the commercial diving company that assisted with the recovery. Conservation could take up to five years before the bomber is ready to take its place in an exhibit on the Battle of Britain at the RAF Museum in London.